New publication Prof. Dr. Josep Esquirol


Prof. Dr. Josep María Esquirol Calaf, research member of the International Center for the Study of Contemporary Nihilism (CeNic), has published the book Human, more human: an anthropology of the infinite wound in the publishing house Acantilado. As stated in the publisher’s presentation, this is a work in which the simple everyday questions about the other (how are you?, what’s wrong with you?) infallibly approach the depths of the soul; a work that seeks to go deeper and deeper into the human. Other of his writings such as La penúltima bondad, La resistencia íntima and Uno mismo y los otros, for example, form a whole of deep human warmth.

Farewell to a humanist ✞


The International Center of Studies on Contemporary Nihilism (CeNic) deeply regrets the death of Prof. Dr. Michele Borrelli on March 2 of this year. Professor Borelli was not only a very distinguished Italian pedagogue, philosopher, and humanist, but also a man of very high and incomparable human qualities. He studied anthropology, romanticism, political science, and pedagogical sciences at the Universitá della Calabria and at the Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen (Germany). Magister Artium (summa cum laude) and Doctor of Philosophy (magna cum laude) at the same university. He taught at the German universities of Gießen, Wuppertal, Frankfurt, and Nürnberg. He was the President of the “International Philosophical Centre Karl-Otto Apel” and of the “Karl-Otto Apel international philosophy prize”. He was the founder and editor of Topologik-International Journal of Philosophy, Educational and Social Sciences. In 2016 he received from the President of the Federal Republic, Joachim Gauck, the award of “Knight of the Order of Merit” of the Federal Republic of Germany for his special merit in the context of the Italian-German scientific exchange.


New Publication: Prof. Dr. Adriano Fabris


Favila editorial invites to the launching of the book El amor ambiguo by Prof. Dr. Adriano Fabris (Università di Pisa, Italy), co-director and researcher of the International Center for the Study of Contemporary Nihilism (CeNic). Prof. Dr. Alfredo Rocha de la Torre, professor at the Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia (UPTC) and also co-director and researcher at CeNic, will participate in the presentation. The launch will take place on Tuesday, February 23, at 4:00 p. m. Colombian time, through the editorial´s YouTube channel:


New Publication: Prof. Dr. Dean Komel


Prof. Dr. Dean Komel has just published (2020), together with Prof. Dr. Mira Miladinović Zalaznik, the collective book Europa an den Scheidewegen der gegenwärtigen Welt 100 Jahre nach dem Großen Krieg (Europe at the Crossroads of Contemporary World 100 Years after the Great War). Together with Prof. Dean Komel („Ein Jahrhundert der Krise. Europa und der Geist der Philosophie“) and Prof. Dra. Miladinović („Hundert Jahre nach dem Großen Krieg am Isonzo. Fallbeispiele Maasburg, Schalek, Musil, Kuhar“) publishes also Prof. Dr. Adriano Fabris, co-director of CeNic, a contribution entitled “Patterns of Identity for a Multicultural Europe”.

New Publication: Prof. Dr. Andreas Urs Sommer


Among many other publications, Professor Dr. Andreas Urs Sommer has co-edited with Dr. Dominic Kaegi volume I / 18 of the complete edition of Karl Jaspers’work, dedicated to the thought of Friedrich Nietzsche: Nietzsche. Einführung in das Verständnis seines Philosophierens. This edition, published by Schwabe publisher, is the result of a joint project between the Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften and the Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen.

Publications by Professor Dr. Žarko Paić


Professor Dr. Žarko Paić, new member of the International Center of Studies on Contemporary Nihilism (CeNic) and recognized researcher in fields such as aesthetics, theory of media exposures, and social communication, has recently published the following books:

Neoliberalism, Oligarchy and Politics of the Event: At the Edge of Chaos (2020), a book in which, resuming Foucault’s lectures on biopolitics, he studies the relations between contemporary economics and politics, and addresses problems such as governmental cybernetic systems or the new sources of capitalism legitimacy in its neoliberal phase.

– White Holes and the Visualization of the Body (2019). In this book, based on Deleuze and Artaud’s reflection upon body, professor Paić states that human body remains obsolete in relation to the development of cybernetics and artificial intelligence.

– Theorizing Images (2016). This book theorizes the roll of pictures in contemporary world, bringing to light the difficulty of considering a unique theory on them for the current world.

New Publication: Prof. Dr. Carlos Másmela


Professor Dr. Carlos Másmela Arroyave, researcher member of the International Center of Studies in Contemporary Nihilism (CeNic), and associate professor to the Philosophy Institute of the Universidad de Antioquia (Medellín, Colombia), has just published a book entitled: Retroceso, retorno y paso atrás en la filosofía. Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger. The book deals with an inverse reading to the common representation of progress in philosophy, which is usually thought as something lineal, both in time and history: it is an analysis upon the conception of return to the foundation, of the eternal recurrence of the same and of the step back in Hegel, Nietzsche, and Heidegger.

Religions From The Inside


In Lugano (Switzerland) will be held the Massive Open Access Course on interreligious dialogue. Organized by Prof. Dr. Adriano Fabris, in the framework of the research work of the Istituto ReTe and the Master of Arts in Scieza, Filosofia e Teologia delle Religioni, this course, that is part of the “Religions from the inside” project, will feature the participation of rabbi Ephraim Meir, Imam Yayha Sergio Yahe Pallavicini, hinduist Svamini Hamsananda Giri, Buddhism expert Seung Chul Kim and a Christian, the rector of the University, René Roux. This course will be taught in English and is for free. More information in the informative links.



New Member Prof. Dr. Žarko Paić


Since July Professor Dr. Žarko Paić has become a new researcher member the International Center of Studies on Contemporary Nihilism. Žarko Paić is a Full professor at the Faculty of Textile Technology, Department of Fashion Design, University of Zagreb, where he teaches aesthetics, fashion studies and media/visual studies. Graduated at the Faculty of Political Science of the Zagreb University, M.A. in philosophy at the same university, he completed a PhD in sociology at the Faculty of Humanities in Zagreb.